Breton Celebrates

"When I grow up, I want to be a 
Fireman with a Dalmation!"

 

The 2013 July 1st celebration kicked off with a pancake breakfast hosted by Breton and District Chamber of Commerce at the Breton Community Centre.  
The Parade
    The non-judged parade began at noon led by the bagpiper and RCMP and the lovely girls carrying the Breton and District Chamber of Commerce banner. Carolyn Kuerbis served as Parade Marshal. 
    Any kid will tell you the best part of the parade is the tossed candy, Frisbees, and frozen Popsicle sticks and they were not disappointed.  
    Local and non-local businesses—S F Contracting, Nail-icious Nails, Warburg Curling Club, 790-CFCW, Al Shamal Ponoka Shrine Truck Unit, Kandrea Environmental, Breton Family Foods, Shery’s Place, On Ma Way Welding and Fabricating, Hon. Diana McQueen MLA Drayton Valley-Devon, Breton FCSS,  D C Tinting, Town of Calmar, and ATB Financial—paraded in their ballooned and be-flagged vehicles.
    There were splendid floats, too—Miss Joanne’s School of Dance-complete with an awesome street-side dance troupe number, New Moose Hill Hall, Breton Auto Body pulled the Elks and Royal Purple float (Alberta Elks is celebrating 100 years), Heads Up Family Hair Care, Big Tee, AIF, W. C. Trucking (1998) Ltd., Brazeau County, Brian Suitor with http://www.aluminumstatue.com/ , and the Village of Breton.  
     The crowd was treated to an impressive variety of antique cars, trucks, and black smoke belching tractors. 
    Animal lovers delighted in the goat drawn cart, horses-some pulling carriages or carts and mini horses. There was even a dog. 
    There was a bigfoot sighting—albeit a costumed one…compliments, we are told, of the Breton car wash.
Firefighters challenge
    Not long after the parade ended, Drayton Valley Fire Department took up the challenge given by Breton and Rural Fire Department for a fire hose contest demonstrating firefighting skills such as fastest hose connection, and accuracy at hitting a target. Those downwind of the cooling mist were most appreciative given the bright sun and high temperature—32 degrees Celsius.     Breton & Rural Firefighters hosted the Beer Gardens with proceeds to go towards specialized extrication gloves. These gloves offer firefighters cut and abrasion protection from broken glass and sharp metal while maintaining dexterity—something a regular work gloves does not provide.
Centennial Park 
    The Breton High School Travel Club treated kids to inflatable bouncers, faces painters, mini golf and carnival games. Breton FCSS helped organize the activities and FCSS Coordinator Deanne Young said, “The day was a great success due to our volunteers and we hope everyone had a great time.”  
Activities 
    Before and after the parade, folks had a chance to peruse the ATB Show N Shine featuring cars, motorbikes, antiques, and other motorized equipment. Breton and District FCSS served cupcakes outside the Village Office.  The Bake Shop offered smokies, cotton candy and a bouncy castle.  Breton Golden Age Club sold pie, coffee and pop and Breton Museum sponsored a Family Bingo.  The Museum was open to the public.  The Breton Community Center was a hub of activity in the evening with a Jam Session and Dance and then the best way to end a July 1st celebration—a fire works display.
Seniors share    
    Two seniors shared two very different parade experiences. Lovely Elizabeth “Babe”—age 92—has attended the Breton Canada Day parade for nine years.Babe was sitting curbside in a comfy lawn chair, holding a red and white “Canada” umbrella as she waited for the parade to start. She was surrounded by twenty-five family members from Pigeon Lake, Edmonton and Calgary who look forward to their Breton Canada Day family tradition. Most of them mirrored Babe’s enthusiasm by sporting red and white Canadiana and flying Canadian flags. It’s always atreat to see multi-generational families enjoying a parade.Babe said her favorite part of the parade is the RCMP and the clowns.
    82-year-old Stan Burton of Breton brought some of his well-crafted wooden birdhouses, sturdy kids’ table and chair sets, lawn ornaments, and a handy convertible chair/step ladder to sell. He had just sold one of the kids’ table sets.
        The self-taught wood worker estimates he can spend as much as 40 hours a week crafting various pieces.  He is grateful to his daughter and son-in-law for the woodworking shop. “As you get older, you’ve got to have a purpose,” he advises. He first built a little wagon from a tree when he was sixteen.  He recalls soaking the wood so it would not split when he made the wheels. It worked and for the past 66 years Stan has found great satisfaction in his hobby.  
A closing comment from Mayor Darren Aldous:    
    “Breton like most small communities is struggling with volunteers for many of our groups and community clubs but year after year we seem to still pull off the best July 1st celebration of any small town in Alberta! Our parade is usually so big that those leading the parade when they make the loop around town have to stop and wait for the fire trucks at the end who are just starting. As always, very proud of all the volunteers who make July 1st an awesome day in Breton.”

 

More Stories:
  • B&G Club 4th Annual Capital One Race For Kids It’s not a run. It’s not a walk. It’s something different! The Boys and Girls Club of Wetaskiwin is excited to announce that their 4th Annual Capital One Race for Kids event, with local Presenting Sponsor, the Flaman Group ...
  • AG For Life’s Critical Safety Lesson When it comes to safety, advice and rules can never be repeated enough to the young ones. It could save their life. That is the mandate of AG for Life, a four-year-old non-profit group that delivers a complex safety curriculum ...
  • Joint Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast A Blessing To Many On an early and cool Saturday morning, an eager crowd gathered at the Executive Royal Hotel in the City of Leduc to hear the inspirational message of a Christian speaker. 240 guests attended the Joint Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, ...
  • Norwood Elementary Gets Green Light For Smudging Last year, quiet but confident student Zander Johnson of Norwood Elementary School was one of the catalysts for offering the First Nation practice of smudging to students. Strongly supported and encouraged by Norwood Principal ...
  • Wetaskiwin Figure Skating Club Carnival 2015 Celebrating Four Seasons at this year’s carnival, the stands were full of appreciative, cheering fans. Photo: Cheyenne Deley performs ‘Seleni’ at the 2015 Wetaskiwin Figure Skating Club Carnival. Photo by Ken Matthias. See ...
  • Leduc Public Library Grand Opening April 10 The Leduc Public Library has been re-located many times over the years: a law office, town hall, a fire hall, the Civic Centre and a street car. The library opened its new doors on Feb. 2, 2015. The new space boosts 18,100 ...
  • Honouring The Best - Millet FD And what a night it was ... from marching in the parade of fire fighters to supper, awards and the dance. This was an outstanding and memorable year for a number of fire fighters and families. This year the Millet Fire department ...
  • Leduc’s Downtown Springs Into Action On the early morning of Friday, March 13, a large group of downtown business owners, Regional Chamber of Commerce representatives and City of Leduc councillors gathered on a Main Street sidewalk to celebrate a vibrant economy ...
  • Pigeon Lake Ice Golf Tournament Pigeon Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted its 19th Annual Ice Golf Tournament on March 14, 2015 and with a St. Patrick’s Day theme, it was a colourful event, albeit a primarily green event. The day started at the Mulhurst ...
  • Leduc Beaumont NDP Nominate Candidate: Shaye Anderson NDP members nominated Shaye Anderson as the NDP candidate for Leduc-Beaumont, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Anderson has lived in the Beaumont area for over 10 years with his wife, Kelly and their two young sons. As a Telecommunications ...
  • 36th Wetaskiwin Music Festival Is Upon Us With 350 entries, 1200 participants, seven accomplished adjudicators, and five venues running throughout the week of Mar 20th to 27th. This year’s Wetaskiwin Music Festival promises to once again bring a wave of talent and ...
  • Boys & Girls Thrive In Leduc In the City of Leduc, an organization has provided a positive, happy environment for local kids for many years. The Boys & Girls Club of Leduc has survived a fluctuating economy, flourishing in its spacious, convenient location ...
  • Wildrose Meet & Greet On Wednesday, March 12 in Leduc, an eager group of regional voters attended a Meet & Greet hosted by long-time Leduc County resident Sharon Smith, the Wildrose candidate for Leduc-Beaumont. The new Busy Bean Café on Leduc’s ...
  • “No, Thanks!” Replies Leduc County Coalition On March 9 at Camex Equipment in Nisku, a one-year-old petition displaying 6,940 signatures was presented to Leduc-Beaumont MLA George Rogers, who will present it to his Alberta Caucus within the next 2 weeks. The people ...
  • Wetaskiwin Lion’s Club Supports Victim Services “In the past one of our members needed help and assistance and Victim Services was there to provide that help. As a club we acknowledged the importance of Victim Services and how it benefits the community. We felt we needed ...
  • Coal Lake Lighthorse 4-H Club By Sara Nelson COAL LAKE LIGHTHORSE 4-H CLUB Greetings everyone! Coal Lake Lighthorse has had an amazing month and busy one as well! To start off the month we had our general meeting where we discussed upcoming events that ...
  • Seniors’ Safety Upgraded On Friday, March 6, an announcement by the Alberta Government was delivered right here in our community. Leduc-Beaumont MLA George Rogers visited two City of Leduc seniors’ long-term care facilities on that afternoon, to ...
  • Heritage Museum Takes A Stand Against The Wilful Destruction Of Our Cultural Heritage The Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum hopes to encourage others to join them in their stance against wilful cultural destruction and has removed its community’s treasures from exhibit, at least in one display case. These ...
  • Wetaskiwin Community Literacy Program AGM The Wetaskiwin Society for the Promotion of the English Language and Literacy (SPELL), the governing body for the Wetaskiwin Community Literacy Program, held its Annual General Meeting on February 26th. As well as continuing ...
  • Wetaskiwin Community Learning Council Directors The Community Learning Council consists of representatives of many of the Wetaskiwin groups which are involved with learning and related matters. At the Annual General Meeting held on February 26th, Barbara Johnson represented ...




 
  • Leduc Radio Ad
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia